If history is to be of any use to those who study it, it ought to help them understand the nature of the country and society they live in.
The medieval is part of the mosaic of modern Australia. Our nation’s heritage on this island continent is full of it: in aesthetics, institutions, laws, languages, identities, moralities.
The court would laugh at rather than with the fool.
Art and science may seem like opposites, but throughout history the disciplines have fed off each other − and still do today.
In my research, I try to uncover the cultural significance of the placenta and afterbirth in premodern Europe to help us better understand the social and medical history of this important organ.
Martin Puchner’s engaging new history argues that every culture has its backstory of influences
Truth-telling between First Nations and non-Indigenous people is a vital step in recognising past colonial wrongdoing. And research has found it is also a step towards self-determination and healing.
From semitropical playgrounds to life-endangering climate risks: Going back over a century, California’s and Florida’s growth has been predicated on climate – and promises of the good life.
No matter how much we believe our knowledge and our technological capabilities have evolved, pandemics prove we are still at the mercy of the natural world.
Using urine in pregnancy testing dates as far back as ancient Egypt.
From pulling faces to reading the bumps on your head, these historic leisure activities could be handy for a rainy summer day.
In the 19th century, it was impossible to get a London paper to distant towns or cities by breakfast. This gave local newspapers an advantage in distribution.
98% of Australia’s Japanese population were sent to internment camps during the second world war.
Brothers of Italy want streets named after fascist figures and the far-right’s ‘contribution’ to democracy recognised on national days of memory.
Collaborators cannot be reduced to single types. Their motivations are varied and can be hard to interpret.
Ancient stories of the sea and the sky date back to the end of the last ice age.
Chicken pâté was mixed with gravy, gelatine and whipped cream, before being frozen in decorative cups.
There was no one type of slavery in ‘biblical’ or ‘ancient’ societies, given how varied they were. But much of what historians know about slavery during those eras is horrific.
The findings suggest that the depth of the relationships Viking-age people had with animals have been dramatically underrepresented.
How did the letter x get its enduring role as a symbol of the unknown? A mathematician explains why it’s hard to say for sure.